Oct 12, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) reacts against the New York Jets during the third quarter of their NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. The Broncos defeated the Jets 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Who Dat Dish NFL Pick’em is back for another week of our game picks. It was once again a very successful week for the staff as a whole. If you’re going to hand out any special awards of the week, you’d automatically point to MacGyver (@SaintsTailgate) for finishing at 13-1-1. Had the Bengals won like they were supposed to, then we’d all have an extra win instead of that ugly tie. Along with myself, Barry and Federico went 12-2-1. Andrew continues to hold on the top spot, but is only up by four games. Let’s look at the standings after Week Six:
- Andrew (@ShootsMcGavin), 62-28-1
- Simon (@Daugulis), 58-32-1
- John (@JohnJHendrix), 58-32-1
- MacGyver (@SaintsTailgate), 58-32-1
- Barry (@HarahanWhoDat), 57-33-1
- Federico (@FedeFerrari10), 55-35-1
- Ryne (@RHancock19), 52-38-1
- Ian (@IDear_Sports), 51-39-1
In case you forgot, here’s the teams on the bye week this week: Buccaneers, Eagles. This means we’re again only minus one game this week (fifteen total), here’s how Week Seven plays out, which you’ll notice has a few staff members picking against the Saints this week:
Thoughts from John
New York Jets at New England
Tom Brady is 6-0 on Thursday Night Football, that pretty much sums it up for me. I don’t expect the Jets to be much of a match for Brady, who will be throwing on a secondary that is virtually non-existent.
Atlanta at Baltimore
The Ravens get to play an NFC South opponent for the second week in a row, and third time in the past four weeks. This time they host the Atlanta Falcons, who can’t win on the road to save their lives, and have way too many issues defensively.
Minnesota at Buffalo
Kyle Orton is making me a believer. I’d never thought I’d say that in a million years.
Miami at Chicago
The Bears picked up a much-needed victory over the Falcons on the road last week. However, they return home this week, where they haven’t won a game. I expect that to change Sunday.
New Orleans at Detroit
I’m hoping the ‘gift’ that Detroit is giving around not having Calvin Johnson, coupled with the fact the Saints had their bye week renews this team’s season.
Carolina at Green Bay
The Packers have won three in a row, and should make it four against a visiting Panthers club. Don’t be shocked if the Panthers do put up a fight much like they did against the Bengals last week. Then again, maybe I’m giving too much credit to the Bengals lack of defense.
Cincinnati at Indianapolis
See my above comments about the Bengals defense. Indy is playing red-hot, and should roll over the Bengals. Oh yeah, there’s that whole ‘no A.J. Green’ thing again.
Cleveland at Jacksonville
I’m drinking the Browns Kool-Aid this week, and it may be the first time in NFL History that we’ve all chose the Browns in Pick’em.
Seattle at St. Louis
The Seahawks will rebound from last week’s home debacle, take that to the bank.
Tennessee at Washington
This the game where Kirk Cousins finds his groove, as he’ll improve over last week’s showing against the Cardinals. I just don’t find Charlie Whitehurst as a winner, even if he is one of Nashville’s 25 most beautiful people.
Kansas City at San Diego
The Chargers are on fire right now (metaphor?). They’ve won five in a row, and with the visiting divisional rival Chiefs visiting, they’ll have a big test on their hands. However, they’ve been perfect at home in this young season. Look for Rivers to keep on rolling.
New York Giants at Dallas
This is the classic ‘trap game’ for the Cowboys, as they play one of their hated NFC East Rivals. There’s a ton of pressure on Dallas to perform, could we see a demise? Nah, they’ll beat up on the Giants.
Arizona at Oakland
Oakland nearly earned their first win of the season last week again the Chargers, but fell short at the end of it all. I don’t look for them to beat Carson Palmer and company.
San Francisco at Denver
The Broncos won’t blow out the 49ers, but the 49ers defense is not exactly what it once was. Manning should throw for several scores, and the Broncos will put up at least 30 on them.
Houston at Pittsburgh
The Steelers are desperately searching for answers, as they’re staring at the bottom of the AFC North. Both of these 3-3 teams need this victory to keep pace in their respective divisions, but I like the Steelers to churn out a much better showing than those 10 points last week against the Browns.
Continue on for some thoughts from Ian Mitchell-Dear!